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Spring 2012
6381 Statutory Interpretation & Reasoning - BRUHL- 19878

Professor(s): Aaron Bruhl (DEPARTED)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Electives 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  TTh  Location: 209  BLB

Course Outline: Much of the law school curriculum, especially in the first year, focuses on common law rules extracted from court opinions. But, for most lawyers today, reading and interpreting statutes and administrative materials is more important. This course will provide you with an overview of the legislative and regulatory process that generates those documents. More importantly, it will teach you the theories and doctrines of statutory interpretation used in federal and state courts.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus (pdf)

Course Notes: First Year Elective = Quota - 55  

Prerequisites: No  

First Day Assignments: Reading for first day of class:
Jellum & Hricik: Introduction;
Eskridge, Frickey & Garrett: Ch. 1;
Wash. Post article: “2 Little Letters Acquit Man Who Passed Stopped School Bus” (Dec. 1, 2010), available at

Reading for second day of class:
Jellum & Hricik: pp. 3-18 (including problem 1-1);
San Jose Mercury News article: "How Our Laws in California Are Really Made" (July 10, 2010), available at

Final Exam Schedule: 05/03 9am-noon  209 BLB  213 BLB  

This course will have:
Exam: Yes
Paper: No

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

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